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December 05, 2014

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2:00 PM | Citizen Science Inspires Conservation Efforts
Citizens who get involved in science become more environmentally aware and willing to participate in advocacy than previously thought, according to a new study. Researchers at Duke University’s Nicholas School of the Environment have reported that citizen science projects can lead to broader public support for conservation efforts. The study included a survey of 115 […] The post Citizen Science Inspires Conservation Efforts appeared first on EH Science.
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1:00 PM | Selective logging misses the forest for the trees
Some four million square kilometers of Earth’s tropical forests have been designated for logging. That’s an area larger than the size of India. And that’s a problem for the wildlife that calls those forests home. Compromises in conservation have always been a tricky sell, because environmental harms have a way of rippling out beyond what’s
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12:22 PM | From the Inbox: NGS data anaysis
Where : University of Leicester, UKWhat: Next Generation Sequencing Data analysis.When: 7th-9th January 2015A few places are still remaining and are available for external applicants. Places will be allocated on a first-come-first-served basis.Next Generation Sequencing methods are becoming ubiquitous in all areas of biology. This three day workshop aims to enable wet-lab biologists to understand and implement basic pipelines for analysis of NGS data. Topics covered will include:*     […]
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6:31 AM | Bill Nye Gets Invited to Attend Another GMO Debate
If you missed the recent Intelligence Squared debate on GMOs, it's worth watching. Or if you prefer, read the transcript.  Like Nathanael Johnson, I was initially dubious about the event, then pleasantly surprised at how it turned out. I was also a kinda surprised to see Bill Nye (The Science Guy) piggyback on it: They're debating genetically modified food- what the GMF? @IQ2US My opinion is in my new book: Undeniable, The Science of Creation — Bill Nye (@TheScienceGuy) […]
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5:31 AM | Bill Nye Gets Invited to Attend Another GMO Debate
If you missed the recent Intelligence Squared debate on GMOs, it’s worth watching. Or if you prefer, read the transcript.  Like Nathanael Johnson, I was initially dubious about the event, then pleasantly surprised at how it turned out. I was also a kinda surprised to see Bill Nye (The Science Guy) piggyback on it: They’re debating […] The post Bill Nye Gets Invited to Attend Another GMO Debate appeared first on Collide-a-Scape.
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1:28 AM | Study: California Drought Most Severe Dry Spell in at least 1,200 Years
Low precipitation and record high temperatures combine to set startling record.

December 04, 2014

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10:13 PM | Earth’s Most Common Mineral Is Bagged and Tagged: Meet Bridgmanite
Thanks to a meteorite collected in 1879, we have finally given a name to the most abundant mineral in Earth. Here's why it took so long to christen this stuff.
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7:36 PM | School Project Results
Hurra - our Fall results are ready and will be send to all participating classrooms as I write this short post. For the first time we offered the School Malaise Trap Program to schools in all of Canada and the response was overwhelming as we actually had to turn down more schools than could participate. One day we might find the right funding sources that will allow us to include many more students than some 2500 as this time. We had 59 Malaise Traps at schoolyards for two weeks this fall. […]
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5:23 PM | On Smaller Farms, Including Organic Farms, Technology and Tradition Meet
The best way to sustain productive soils and harvests on America's smaller farms is through technological innovation.
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5:00 PM | Ten New North Carolina Diamonds
There have been 13 diamonds found in the state of North Carolina since 1893, the largest of which was four carats. Most of them were found as a result of panning operations for gold or monazite. One of these is in the Geology Collection of the Museum of Natural Sciences: NCSM 3225. It came from […]
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4:32 PM | Super Typhoon Hagupit Aims for the Philippine Islands, Threatening the Region Devastated by Hayan
Super Typhoon Hagupit is swirling off the coast of the Philippine Islands today with maximum sustained winds of about 170 miles per hour and gusts of more than 200 (as of 11 a.m. EST). It looks like the cyclone, known as Ruby in the Philippines, is headed for landfall there some time on Saturday. The U.S. Joint Typhoon Warning Center […] The post Super Typhoon Hagupit Aims for the Philippine Islands, Threatening the Region Devastated by Hayan appeared first on […]
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3:44 PM | Computational tools for environmental samples
Microbes of interest to science rarely exist in isolation. Organisms that are e.g. essential to breaking down pollutants or causing illness live in complex communities, and separating one microbe from hundreds of companion species can be challenging. Environmental samples can be equally complex containing hundreds or even thousands of different species (not necessarily microbes).The ability to identify and enumerate the organisms in complex communities using culture-independent, genomic […]
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3:28 PM | How can different ways of knowing—and of producing knowledge—be useful for understanding and managing urban ecosystems?
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2:00 PM | Family Support Needed for Future Scientists
Family support makes all the difference in bringing up the next generation of scientists, engineers, and mathematicians, according to researchers at George Mason University. The researchers say that support from family is the primary factor in encouraging children to consider a future a science, with formal education playing a secondary role.  The findings could shape […] The post Family Support Needed for Future Scientists appeared first on EH Science.
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2:00 PM | Botanic gardens: plant oases or invasions waiting to happen?
A relaxing stroll in a botanic garden sounds like a lovely way to spend an afternoon. These green oases can encourage people to appreciate nature and bring attention to conservation issues. But some botanic gardens might harbor an ecological threat: they could be prime sources for invasive species to spread into the wild. Some might
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12:00 PM | Book review: Grow a little fruit tree
In my last garden I had a little orchard of four fruit trees, which lived in the chicken run. There was an apple, a pear, a cherry and a plum. They were all grown on dwarfing rootstocks, sold as ideal for small gardens, naturally small trees. They came with the instructions I would need to follow to keep them pruned, which I dutifully tried to follow. I largely failed. The birds ate any cherries before they were even ripe. The plum tree became infested with wasps (even though it had no […]

December 03, 2014

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10:14 PM | As Sea Ice Disappears, Arctic Ringed Seals Could Get Largest Critical Habitat Ever
Arctic ringed seals (Phoca hispida hispida) could soon get a critical habitat more than twice the size of California within the Bering, Chukchi and Beaufort seas. Under rules (pdf) proposed this week... -- Read more on ScientificAmerican.com
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8:53 PM | Sponsor a Right Whale: Calvin
Sponsoring a right whale through the New England Aquarium supports the critical research we're doing to protect this endangered species. This holiday season, give a sponsorship! It's a gift that gives back to our blue planet. Today's post introduces one of the whales available for sponsorship: Calvin. When asked to talk about the challenges that North Atlantic right whales face, our team often
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7:37 PM | Invisible City Life: The Urban Microbiome
Microbes play a key role in the function of ecosystems. They contribute to biodiversity (Fierer et al. 2012), nutrient cycling (Fenchel et al. 2012), pollutant detoxification (Kolvenbach et al. 2014), and human health (Gevers et al. 2012). Since they control … Continue reading →
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7:30 PM | Steps Toward a Resilient and Sustainable Future
By Alan Hecht, Ph.D. The connection between sustainability and resilience—defined as the capacity to survive, adapt, and flourish in the face of turbulent change—is an emerging theme among a host of environmental organizations. I was happy to explore that important connection further with thought leaders from the Rockefeller Foundation, the National Council for Science and […]
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6:53 PM | How good are you at satellite image interpretation?
Fun quiz from the folks at Quartz. I beat it, though barely—some toward the end are pretty tricky. ∞∞
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5:27 PM | Dr Bernard Manyena on resilience
Institute of Hazard, Risk and Resilience Blog - Making a difference to how we live with hazard and risk. Dr Bernard Manyena explains the concept of resilience and the importance of enhancing the resilience of communities vulnerable to disaster. Dr Manyena is based at the Humanitarian and Conflict Institute, University of Machester and has written widely on the role [...] The post Dr Bernard Manyena on resilience appeared first on Institute of Hazard, Risk and Resilience Blog.
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4:48 PM | In California, the worst drought in a really long time
Defining drought is a tricky business, but I think Daniel Griffin and Kevin Anchukaitis have come up with a reasonable one – three years of persistent low soil moisture. By that measure, the drought in Central and Southern California is…. Well, I’ll let them tell it (pdf): We demonstrate that while 3-year periods of persistent below-average ...Continue reading ‘In California, the worst drought in a really long time’ »
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4:09 PM | The Tumbleweed Snowman: An Immigrant Tale
A riff in the morning paper on Albquerque’s beloved Tumbleweed Snowman, after spending the morning watching the flood control authority crew do his final assembly: Tumbleweed origin stories differ, but only slightly. German-Russian Mennonite farmers are believed to have inadvertently brought the seeds of our modern tumbleweed, also known as Russian thistle, mixed in with ...Continue reading ‘The Tumbleweed Snowman: An Immigrant Tale’ »
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4:06 PM | Four-stranded DNA
Time for some different DNA science - lets leave 'barcoding' out for a post and focus on DNA structure. While browsing through recent science news and publication announcements I stumbled over a paper on G-quadruplex motifs in the Maize genome. I admit I had to look this term up myself as I probably heard about it only once a while back and never followed any new research in that field despite the fact that it is really fascinating. The year 1953 marks the big breakthrough in our […]
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3:44 PM | Conserving Asian newts could save the world’s salamanders
By Dr. Jodi Rowley, Dr. Bryan Stuart Salamanders are popular as pets in many countries. To satisfy this demand, they are harvested from the wild and transported across the planet. But moving animals around the world also moves their parasites and pathogens. Recently, a newly discovered species of chytrid fungus appears to have hitchhiked to […]
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1:00 PM | The little-known downsides to captive breeding programs
The answer is: California condors, Black-footed ferrets, and Kihansi spray toads. The question is: what species would surely be extinct if not for captive breeding efforts? And they’re not the only species whose very existence is thanks to the hard work of zoos and other conservation institutions as they implement captive breeding and reintroduction programs
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12:51 PM | Shades of L’Aquila: Italian Geochemists avoid Huge Miscarriage of Justice
On rare occasions I hear about a story that must be told. This story is one of those and I feel that it deserves attention from the broader geoscience community. We have all heard of the L’Aquila verdict against the Italian seismologists concerning the devastating earthquake in 2009. If you haven’t, read these articles by Chris Rowan. At the time the guilty verdict was handed down the entire geoscience community felt stunned that such a thing could have […]
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12:51 PM | Shades of L’Aquila: Italian Geochemists avoid Huge Miscarriage of Justice
On rare occasions I hear about a story that must be told. This story is one of those and I feel that it deserves attention from the broader geoscience community. We have all heard of the L’Aquila verdict against the Italian seismologists concerning the devastating earthquake in 2009. If you haven’t, read these articles by Chris Rowan. At the time the guilty verdict was handed down the entire geoscience community felt stunned that such a thing could have […]
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7:59 AM | A Gusher of Moisture Hoses California. Is El Niño Here?
Parts of drought-plagued California got hosed by a gusher of moisture streaming up from the tropics on Tuesday. As the chief meteorologist for Minnesota Public Radio put it, the copious stream of water vapor looks a whole lot like a “pineapple express,” a low level jet of moist air flowing from Hawaii to California. This is […]The post A Gusher of Moisture Hoses California. Is El Niño Here? appeared first on ImaGeo.
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